Saturday, February 19, 2005

Training More Rapid Word 'Seeing' in Dyslexia

Here's a studying that found that tachistoscope training (used in speed reading programs) improve the visual spatial span and reading word accuracy for children with dyslexia. The tachistoscope flashes words briefly on a screen.

We have noticed that children who have developed a sufficient fund of knowledge with recognition can improve their reading fluency or speed with rapid reading techniques. This is a small study, but certainly makes sense with what is known about the biology of plasticity in the nervous system. Do you have any experiences with dyslexia and speed reading? If so, please share them. There are some fairly inexpensive computer based programs ($50) using the tachistoscope technique, but we aren't personally familiar with the programs.

Entrez PubMed


  1. Anonymous8:15 PM


    Just thought I would share that my husband's reading speed/fluency improved with a standard speed reading course taken at age 43. I think his dyslexia arises from a combination of APD, visual (eye tracking/focussing) and brain integration types of issues. Having excellent receptive (v.poor reading comprehension) and expressive language has probably meant he could gain a lot of benefit from the speed reading approach perhaps?



  2. Hi Sue. With dyslexia, speed reading seems to 'kick in' best with a person who knows a large number of words. It's as if you can 'trick' the visual processing problems in dyslexia by reading faster. You need strong receptive skills, and probably strong individual word recognition skills, although it's possible that you might get by if you could fill in what you don't know by context. You don't have to have good written skills to be able t speed read. Most of the dyslexic lawyers we know speed read- but when they need to 'see' every word, they speed read sections several times to make sure they haven't missed any words.
    Fernette and Brock